|11/9/2020 11:40:00 AM|
Dr. Gordon Grieshaber receives surprise retirement parade
|For the past 27 years, Upland Hills Health Dr. Gordon Grieshaber has provided his expertise in family practice to Mineral Point area families.|
Grieshaber joined the Upland Hills Health Clinics, formerly known as the Mineral Point Medical Center, in August of 1993. According to Grieshabers video profile on the Upland Hills Health website, Dr. Grieshaber wanted to become a doctor when he was in seventh grade.
At that time, his father had been suffering from a tumor, and it was before CT scans were practiced. When it was learned what was causing his headaches, he saw firsthand the care given to his father.
"It made me think, wow, you can have that kind of impact on people," Dr. Grieshaber said.
He received his formal training from the University of Kansas, and was Chief Resident during his residency at the Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
Since joining the Upland Hills Health practice, he has seen multiple generations of families.
"One of my first patients was Margaret Schmitz, and it was during the last few months of her life," Dr. Grieshaber said. "And then after that, I delivered her great-great grandchild. Five generations of families I've taken care of. That's what I've enjoyed most about family practice."
It was last week that the Mineral Point community learned that the well-known doctor would put on his family practice jacket for the last time, and retire as of last Friday.
When it was announced that the beloved community doctor would be retiring at the end of the week, staff members decided that they needed to do something to show their appreciation for his years of practice.
However with the pandemic being at the forefront in the area, staff members wanted to ensure that the sendoff was handled in the safest way possible.
"Dr. Grieshaber has been such a special and large part of our communities and families for 27 years, Upland Hills Health Director of Primary Clinics Andrea Kinch said. "We felt that even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, which has made celebrating anything right now very difficult, that we needed to do our best to recognize his commitment and dedication to providing excellent healthcare to all of his patients."
To safely celebrate his retirement, community members, patients and co-workers of Dr. Grieshaber showed their appreciation by having a drive-by parade.
Over 100 cars drove by on Mineral Point's High Street last Wednesday night, while a surprised Dr. Grieshaber waved showing his appreciation to all that supported him.
"He is the type of person that will never understand how many lives he has touched and helped over the years," Kinch said. "He will truly be missed but we wish him much happiness in the years to come doing all of the things that he loves."
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